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Colleen Gray ACTOR




COLLEEN GRAY BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Colleen Gray was born on October 23rd, 1922 in Staplehurst, Nebraska with the birth name Doris Bernice Jensen.  After she earned her high school diploma she enrolled at Hamline University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama.
 
She then decided she wanted to travel to the united States and visit California.  She briefly stayed in the La Jolla area near San Diego and supported herself waiting tables and later decided she loved California and wanted to stay.
 
Gray knew there was more of a chance for her to put her drama degree to good use if she relocated to Los Angeles.  Gray then enrolled at a drama school based in Los Angeles and she began performing in a number of Off-Broadway productions such as, "Letters to Luceme" and "Brief Music".
 
One of her performances caught the attention of a scout with 20th Century Fox who immediately, signed her to a film contract.  She began working on such films as, "Kiss of Death" (1947), "Nightmare Alley" (1947), "Red River" (1948) starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift and Walter Brennan, "Sand" (1949), "Riding High" (1950) and "The Sleeping City" (1950).  Fox soon ended her contract with them in 1950 and she continued as a freelance actress.
 
Colleen is most well known for her role in "The Killing" (1956).  Other film credits she has added to her resume include, "Kansas City Confidential" (1952), "Father is a Bachelor" (1950), "The Leech Woman" (1960) and "The Phantom Planet" (1961). 
 
As her career progressed film offers began to become less available to her.  Later in her career she was seen in the feature films, "Forgotten Lady" (1977), "Mother" (1978) and her final film role in "Cry from the Mountain" (1985). 
 
She did however move over to television and was cast in such series as, "77 Sunset Strip", "Bonanza", "The Deputy", "Have Gun - Will Travel", "Mr. Ed", "Rawhide", "The Name of the Game", "Tall Man, "Bus Stop", 'Dr. Kildare", "Branded", "The Virginian", "McCloud" and her final television appearance was on the series, "Tales from the Darkside" (1986). 
 
Colleen Gray has married three times throughout her lifetime, first to Rod Amateau in 1945 and they had one child before the marriage came to an end in 1949.  She then married her second husband, William Clymer Bidlack in 1953 and they also had one child together and stayed married until he passed away in 1978.  She then wed Joseph Fritz Zeiser in 1979 and again remained with him until he lost his life on March 19th, 2012.  


Filmography

1986   Tales from the Darkside

1985   Cry from the Mountain 

1979   The Best Place to Be 

1978   Mother 

1974-1977  McCloud 

1972-1976  Emergency! 

1968-1975  Ironside

1972   The Sixth Sense

1971   Mannix

1971   Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You

1971   The Late Liz 

1971   The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 

1971   The F.B.I. 

1970   Adam-12 

1969   Bright Promise 

1969   The Name of the Game 

1968   Judd for the Defense

1968   Family Affair

1968   Bonanza 

1968   P.J. 

1967-1968  Days of Our Lives 

1967   Run for Your Life

1965-1967  My Three Sons 

1966-1967  The Virginian 

1960-1966  Perry Mason 

1965   Branded 

1965   Town Tamer 

1964   Kraft Suspense Theatre 

1963   The Dakotas 

1963   The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet 

1961-1962  Mister Ed 

1961-1962  77 Sunset Strip

1962   The Wide Country 

1962   Dr. Kildare 

1962   Saints and Sinners

1961-1962  Window on Main Street 

1962   Alfred Hitchcock Presents

1962   Rawhide

1961   Bus Stop 

1961   The Phantom Planet 

1961   Have Gun - Will Travel

1961   The Tall Man

1961   Coronado 9 

1961   Maverick

1961   Lawman

1961   Hong Kong

1960   G.E. True Theater

1960   Insight 

1960   The Leech Woman

1960   The Deputy

1960   Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color

1960   Tales of Wells Fargo 

1960   Shotgun Slade

1959   Captain David Grief

1959   Markham

1958   Johnny Rocco 

1958   Hell's Five Hours 

1958   Playhouse 90

1957   Copper Sky

1957   The Vampire 

1957   Destination 60,000 

1956   The Black Whip 

1956   Death of a Scoundrel

1956   Frontier Gambler 

1956   Crusader

1956   Star in the Dust

1956   Crossroads

1956   The Killing

1956   The Wild Dakotas

1956   Climax!

1956   Frontier

1955   Damon Runyon Theater

1955   The Twinkle in God's Eye 

1955   Tennessee's Partner 

1955   Las Vegas Shakedown

1955   The Millionaire

1955   Four Star Playhouse

1954   Arrow in the Dust

1951-1954  Lux Video Theatre

1953   The Ford Television Theatre 

1953   The Fake 

1953   Sabre Jet 

1953   The Vanquished 

1951-1952  Schlitz Playhouse 

1952   Kansas City Confidential 

1952   The Unexpected

1952   Models Inc.

1952   Celanese Theatre

1951   Faith Baldwin Romance Theatre

1951   Armstrong Circle Theatre 

1951   Apache Drums 

1951   Danger

1951   Starlight Theatre

1951   Lucky Nick Cain

1950   Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 

1950   The Sleeping City 

1950   Riding High 

1950   Father Is a Bachelor 

1949   Sand 

1948   Red River

1948   Fury at Furnace Creek

1947   Nightmare Alley

1947   Kiss of Death 

1947   The Shocking Miss Pilgrim 

1946   Three Little Girls in Blue 

1945   State Fair 







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